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"A Major Step Forward for Heart Health"-- PHI Statement on Trans Fat Ban

June 16, 2015

Today's action by the FDA to definitively remove trans fats from the food supply is a major step forward for heart health.  We hope to see similar steps on two other leading dietary contributors to heart disease, excess salt in processed foods and excess sugar in sugary drinks and processed foods, both of which are before the FDA awaiting action. We look forward to this being the beginning of FDA leadership to place the nation on a stronger footing for a healthy diet.   more

PHI Statement on Defeat of California Soda Fee

May 12, 2015

The Public Health Institute is deeply disappointed with the California State Assembly Health Committee's failure to pass the Children and Family Health Promotion Program (AB 1357), which would have required a two-cents per ounce fee on sugar-sweetened beverages, with a portion of these funds going to Farm-to-Fork and drinking water initiatives.



Public Health Institute and California Project LEAN Reiterate Support for Federal Soda Tax Bill

March 26, 2015

"The Public Health Institute and California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) once again commend the leadership of U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for today’s reintroduction of the Sweet Act, groundbreaking federal legislation which will create new incentives for manufacturers to reduce the sugar content of sweetened beverages.   more

Public Health Institute and California Project LEAN Reiterate Support for Health Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

February 23, 2015

"The Public Health Institute (PHI) and PHI's California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) once again applaud the leadership of Senator Bill Monning and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy in introducing Senate Bill 203, which would require warning labels on most sugary drinks in California. Putting the proposed warning, “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay,” front and center for consumers will go far towards highlighting the serious health risks that come from drinking sugary drinks."  more

Children Win as Congress Maintains Nutrition Advances in 2015 Appropriations

December 10, 2014

"The Public Health Institute and California Project Lean, a PHI project, are pleased that Congress’s agreement on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 largely protects critical public health provisions, including school food and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
"The biggest win was for children, as school nutrition standards established through the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act survived mostly intact. In spite of concerted efforts by some in Congress to roll back the standards, a major push by public health and nutrition advocates, including PHI and partners across the nation, helped keep the rules in place."

The Public Health Institute Celebrates FDA Final Menu Labeling Regulations with Broad Coverage

December 01, 2014

Prominently posted calorie counts will soon be the norm around the nation at chain restaurants, movie theaters and supermarkets selling ready-to-go food as a result of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules for calorie information on menu labels that were issued today.  more

Berkeley Votes for Health Over Big Soda Profits: PHI Statement on Passage of Measure D Soda Tax

November 04, 2014

Today Berkeley, California became the first jurisdiction in the nation to successfully enact a one cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks, Measure D. A resounding 75% of voters are in favor of the measure, a much wider margin than the simple 50% majority needed. PHI congratulates the City of Berkeley, its residents, and the broad coalition that made this success possible.  more

Countries of the Americas Approve Plan of Action on Childhood Obesity

October 03, 2014

PHI strongly endorses the Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents, approved today by the 53rd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  more

Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents

September 29, 2014

PHI warmly welcomes PAHO’s proposed Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents and strongly urge Member States to approve it. Food environments are a key driver of the obesity epidemic and must be addressed to reverse the epidemic.  more

Health at Stake in Climate Change: Action Needed Now

September 26, 2014

“This week, hundreds of thousands of citizens around the world raised their voices to call for leadership and action to address the increasingly present-day threat of climate change, in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit convened in New York by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to catalyze action on climate change. The Public Health Institute wholeheartedly endorses the call for strengthened commitments at all levels of government and society to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide."  more

DeLauro's Soda Tax Bill A Win for Health

July 29, 2014

"The Public Health Institute strongly supports U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro's (D-CT) groundbreaking new federal legislation introduced today that would place a graduated  excise tax  on manufacturers and distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks continue to be a leading driver of the nation's obesity and diabetic epidemics. DeLauro's bill creates a win-win for the public: holding the promise to reduce sugar in sodas and to direct resources to prevent chronic diseases. We urge other legislators to join with Representative DeLauro to put health first."  more

Without Healthy Women and Girls, No Nation Can Achieve its Full Potential

July 09, 2014

"The Public Health Institute applauds the statement issued by the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department on July 3, reaffirming that women and girls’ empowerment is a key goal of US Foreign Policy.  Gender equality, and the advancement of the status of women and girls, must be part of all diplomatic engagement, foreign assistance programming and partnerships with civil society and the private sector."  more

Court Denies Access to Powerful Preventive Tool: Contraception

June 30, 2014

The Public Health Institute decries today’s decision from the Supreme Court, which will deny some women the right to make their own medical decisions and deny them access to one of the most powerful preventative care and health tools we have: contraception.   more

Overturn of Soda Portion Cap Rule is "Unfortunate"

June 26, 2014

"The Public Health Institute and California Project Lean lament the decision of the New York State Court of Appeals to void the Portion Cap Rule for sugary drinks passed by the New York City Board of Health.   more

"Disappointing": PHI Statement on State/Foreign Ops Appropriations

June 19, 2014

The Public Health Institute notes with disappointment the Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2015 approved this week in the US House of Representatives by the Subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations.  If adopted, this bill would significantly underfund key aspects of global health--including family planning, which would be reduced by at least $200 million--to a level not seen since 2008.  US Government assistance in family planning has been a key to reducing maternal mortality for decades, and is a critical component of preventive health for millions of women and their families around the world.   more

Public Health Can--and Should--Act to Limit Soda Size

June 03, 2014

The Public Health Institute (PHI) and PHI's California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) applaud the courageous initiative of the City of New York to limit the portion size of sugary drinks in food service.  more

EPA Standards for Emissions from Existing Fossil Fuel Power Plants Essential to Protect Health

June 02, 2014

“Today the Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed standards to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Public Health Institute and its Center for Climate Change & Health applaud this major step in the rollout of the President’s Climate Action Plan announced last June.

"US power plants are the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, which drive climate change, yet carbon pollution from existing US power plants does not currently face any federal regulation. The authority and responsibility of the EPA is clear – under the Clean Air Act it can and should regulate to protect the public’s health from carbon pollution.  more

PHI Statement on Reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

April 17, 2014

The second and third parts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, released over the past two weeks, find major health risks due to climate change and that current actions to address climate change remain inadequate to prevent the likelihood of catastrophic warming. PHI calls on governments, business leaders and civil society to pursue urgent, substantial action across sectors and nations to mitigate climate change and protect health.  more

PHI and C/NET Solutions Salute Cancer Registrars

April 07, 2014 |

In recognition of National Cancer Registrars Week from April 7-11, C/NET Solutions and the Public Health Institute salute cancer registrars everywhere and congratulate the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) on 40 years of support, education and advocacy for their membership and the collection of cancer data.  more

PHI and BMSG Statement on In-School Marketing Guidelines

February 25, 2014

The Public Health Institute and PHI’s Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) applaud the White House and USDA’s announcement of bold new guidelines to eliminate the marketing of junk food and sugary drinks in schools. The proposed rules, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move” initiative, will help to strengthen school wellness policies, support children’s health, and ensure that schools are a place of learning, not a customer-recruiting tool for food and beverage companies.   more

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